Archetypes can be mysterious. Here's an brief excerpt from my
talk at the 2nd Annual SoulCollage Facilitators Conference in Monterrey California.
believed that our minds come coded with
patterns, like magnets attracting iron filings. These archetypal pattern
shape us. They and direct us to perceive the world in a particular way. He
called these predispositions archetypes. They have some interesting
They are often
present at birth and have the power to command our attention and lead us
to action. Carolyn Myss suggests that archetypes have to do with a Sacred
Contract that The Soull made before we were born.
Archetypes act like magnetic fields. These
fields reveal themselves only when we place metal filings around them to reveal
their shape, power. Then we notice what they attract.
The Archetype takes our life force and gives it a
direction, provides focus to help us realize our potential
When the archetype chooses us, it commands our attention and
leads us to events, people, and opportunities that we might other wise never
notice. We have a built in mechanism to notice
the things in its domain.
Like a bee drawn to a flower's nectar, the archetype
is a light that draws us to develop and grow according to the Soul's
Archetypal drive energizes
us so that we can work through challenge to their resolution. For
example, staring at a blank canvas, the Artist pushes through to creativity.
Without the archetype to energize us, we might give up and do something easier,
more natural. Even though The Critic pays us a visit raining down a storm of
judgments, the Artist Archetype gives us
endurance to push past The Critics road block to persevere. When others
might give up, you persevere.
We gradually learn who we are through
the challenges and accomplishments gifted us through the archetypes. They also
lend us faith when confusion and chaos strike. They help us know what to do
when the manual is missing.
Hero's Journey, our struggles have heightened personal meaning when the
archetype has chosen us. We shape and develop ourselves with the passion
endowed by the archetype, as the blacksmith's forge tempers fine steel. We are refined
into authentic, resilient human beings. The
challenges we face in the archetype's domain, make us question, face and
ultimately shed our fears. And the True Self is born like the acorn and the oak
The archetype moves us from our familiar place in the world
of the known and the secure and the predictable, to the world of the
Most great literature,
film, poetry, or plays capture us through the lens of the archetypes.
These powerful stories reveal the Archetype's Journey:
The Castaway with Tom Hanks: Surviving against all odds or Alien with Sigourney
Indiana Jones: Thrive in challenges and being victorious,
Fatal Attraction: How the shadow of a suppressed archetype, in this case the The Lover, makes errors in judgement over and over that leads to
We listen to these stories, learning from their
successes and fearing their mistakes. The very nature of our
identification and fascination with the story, hints at the degree to which an
archetype has claimed us.